Our orange juice cake recipe is a delightful twist on traditional desserts, bringing a burst of citrusy flavor to your taste buds. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat with a tangy twist, this cake is the perfect choice.
With its zesty aroma and a refreshing burst of orange juice in every bite, this dessert is sure to brighten your day and leave your taste buds tingling with delight.
Why You Will Love Orange Juice Cake
- VIBRANT CITRUS FLAVOR: The natural sweetness and tanginess of oranges add a lively and zesty element to the cake, making it a bright, fruity dessert perfect for any occasion!
- VERSATILITY: Orange juice cake can be adapted in various, fun ways! You can customize it with different glazes, frostings, or toppings to make it your own. We use a simple dusting of powdered sugar, but you could also opt for a rich cream cheese frosting or a drizzle of orange-flavored syrup.
- NOSTALGIC: This recipe has been around, being baked by grandmas for decades! The scent and taste of orange juice cake evokes fond memories of family gatherings or childhood treats.
- EASY: By using a box cake mix and instant pudding mix, you only need a couple more standard ingredients and a couple of minutes of prep to make this delicious cake!
Orange Juice Cake Recipe
This recipe is very similar to Rum Bundt Cake. But we are using a citrus flavor (orange juice) instead. For step-by-step instructions, check out the printable recipe card below. But here is what you’ll need to get started.
- YELLOW CAKE MIX – Yellow Cake Mix is best, but you could also use White Cake Mix or even Lemon Cake Mix.
- LEMON INSTANT PUDDING MIX – Again, you can switch up pudding mixes if you’d like. Vanilla would work fine if you want to dial down the citrus flavor. Coconut Cream would also be yummy.
- VEGETABLE OIL – We bake with vegetable oil to get that ultra moist cake!
- ORANGE JUICE – I can’t stress this enough, you should really use fresh Orange Juice for this cake. In a pinch, you CAN use the store bought stuff, it just won’t be as good.
- EGGS – If possible, let your eggs come to room temperature before adding.
- POWDERED SUGAR – Also called confectioner’s sugar. You’ll use this to make your glaze that you seep into the cake. And also to sprinkle some more on the top of the finished product.
- BUTTER – Melted and unsalted.
Leftovers, Storage and Freezing
You can store your leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Your cake should stay good for about 5 days.
You can freeze Orange Juice Cake. Just let it cool to room temperature and then wrap it in freezer wrap, a freezer bag or a freezer safe container. You can slice the cake to individual portions if you’d like before freezing. Thaw at room temperature.
Notes, Tips and FAQs
- ADD SOME ZEST – Add some orange zest to the batter to enhance your citrus flavors.
- ADD NUTS: Add some crunch and depth of flavor by incorporating chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, into the batter. They provide a delightful contrast to the cake’s texture.
- USE FROSTING – We used an orange glaze and topping of powdered sugar. But some versions of this recipe use Cream Cheese Frosting. Just make sure you let the cake fully cool before adding frosting.
- ADD SOME SPICE! – Infuse your cake with warm spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to create a spiced orange cake, perfect for the fall or holiday season.
- DO YOU NEED TO USE ORANGE JUICE? – This recipe would also work great with any citrus juice. Grapefruit Juice would work great!
- DON’T OVERMIX– Be sure to mix the batter until all the ingredients are just incorporated. Overmixing can result in a dense cake.
- MAKE SURE YOU GREASE YOUR BUNDT PAN – If you’ve ever make a Bundt Cake, you know how important this is.
We hope you enjoy this Orange Juice Cake Recipe. We’d love to hear how it turned out for you in the comment section. Happy Eating!
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orange juice cake recipe
- 1 box 15.25 oz, yellow cake mix
- 1 small box 3.4 oz, lemon instant pudding mix
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1-1/2 cups orange juice divided
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour a fluted tube cake pan and set aside.
- Mix together cake mix and pudding.
- Add vegetable oil and 3/4 cup orange juice.
- Add 4 eggs.
- Once combined, beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 38 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Once cake is cooked, poke holes in the cake with a skewer.
- Whisk together powdered sugar, butter and remaining orange juice until combined. Pour over hot cake and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Place a platter upside down on top of the cake and invert the pan and platter so cake falls onto the platter. Remove pan and let stand to cool until warm.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice and serve.